This has been a very busy week! Starting at the top; I had a guest blog post on Book and Brew, a brilliant blog for writers and readers. Dawn, who runs Book and Brew, has a blog takeover every year, and this is my second year of being involved. I wrote a post about stress-free networking, and you can find it here. I love meeting new writers, but, being an introvert, I sometimes need a little help - and I hope the tips and tricks I've found along my own journey can help other people.
Next up, I found a new horror writer to follow! My editor on Unnerving Magazine sent me a novella by T.E. Grau, called "They Don't Come Home Anymore". And it was bloody brilliant. I'm a huge fan of vampire fiction, having started out reading Anne Rice when I was 16 and never really losing my love for the genre. Saying that, it was great fun watching Grau take a few swipes at the sillier, more overdone aspects of vampires in fiction, as well as telling a brilliant story about teenage obsession and loneliness. In short - read it. But then, my editor wanted me to interview the author for the magazine. No problem - drafted up some interesting questions, and sent them to my editor. No no - he wanted me to send them over myself. Which was slightly more terrifying. But Grau seems like a brilliant guy, as well as a great writer - he actually followed me on Twitter, and we've had the odd back-and-forth since the review got posted on Unnerving (here). Watch this space for news on the interview!
THEN, last night, I had the pleasure of reading a short story at Noir at the Bar in Newcastle! I will admit this now - not being a nor writer by trade, it was a little intimidating to be in a room full of people with novels and shortlisted crime fiction under their belt - and then there was little old me, with my background in spooky stories! But I had an amazing time, once I relaxed a little. It was a great opportunity to read something in a genre that I don't usually write in, and I met some fantastic writers and heard some really intriguing short stories and excerpts from novels. I got someone amazing feedback, and I'm so happy to have been a part of it - thank you to Vic Watson and Jacky Collins for having me!
Now, I am very tired. The rest of this week will be centred around writing new stories, and looking into freelance writing work. See you on Sunday!
That's me in the middle with the glasses and dark dress. I was very nervous to have this picture taken, but it turned out quite nicely. A metaphor for this week.
Musings on my life as a writer.